NCHN e-News: March 15, 2016

is just over a month away!

April 18 - 21, 2016

You can complete your registration and hotel reservation here.

And don't forget...

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 NCHN will be sponsoring

Disney Institute
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence* 

Click here to view the learning objectives and agenda for
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence 

Conference Location
 Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
10 N Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Reminder: The deadline for hotel reservations is March 28th.

At this conference we will also be launching an event app available from Apple and Google stores.  If you have registered for the conference please be watching your email for download instructions. If you have any questions about the app please contact Linda.

NCHN needs your assistance on a special project we are working on with the National Rural Health Resource Center/Rural Health Innovations and Evalytics, LLC. We are conducting a study of important sustainability factors of rural health networks and have asked you to participate in an online survey assessment of your network organization. You should have received the “Network Sustainability Metrics Study” in your inbox on Thursday, March 10. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please take a few minutes now to do so! We really need your input. Your responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential. Data and reports generated from this survey will not contain your name or organization. If you did not receive an email with the link to the survey, please let Rebecca know.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   Health Care Trends

NCHN ER Call – Tuesday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST
Welcome to the March ER call with your colleagues.  Each of you are leading unique collaborative efforts in rural areas across the United States with very diverse stakeholders.  We are going to focus on healthcare trends during this call. We realize that the communities you serve each have different needs yet, there are no doubt common themes impacting care. In preparation for this call, listen to this quick overview of trends for 2015. It should spark your imagination. Lets build our own trends in rural healthcare during our conversation. This process will support future efforts in continuing to look at promising practices for continuing success.  And, this call prepares you for even more interesting conversations at the upcoming NCHN conference, April 18-21 in Oklahoma City.

You should be receiving a ReadyTalk invitation to register.  If you do not get one, please contact Tara Long at t

If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call: March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) Call: March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 29, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: April 5, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call: April 5, 2016 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: April 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET

Member News

Michigan Rural EMS Network - MI
The Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS) is offering HIGH PERFORMANCE CPR PROVIDER/TRAINER COURSE on March 17th.  This training is free to qualified providers covered in their 24 MiResCu Communities.  The cost is $20 for Non-MiResCu counties and a 20% discount is available for MiREMS members.  To register please click here.

Funding News & Announcements

Innovations in Rural Health Award – The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust will make awards of $7,500 and $25,000 to finalists who demonstrate innovation in rural health care.  Applicants will be judged on criteria that include: ability to address difficult issues of prevention and treatment, transferability to other rural areas, signs of success, and potential for impact within three years. Any individual or organization within the U.S. is eligible to apply by submitting a description of their innovation no later than Friday, April 29, 2016. Award for original, innovative solutions to drive health improvement in rural communities.

Infinite Hero Foundation
The mission of the Infinite Hero Foundation is to combat the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families. The Foundation provides grants of $25,000 to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations offering effective programs or treatments at no cost to active duty service members or veterans for service-related mental and physical injuries. Grants must be applied directly to program costs and cannot be used for fundraising or administrative overhead. Letters of interest are due April 1, 2016; invited grant applications must be submitted by July 1, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions
Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supports ideas to help build a Culture of Health in the United States, where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 are provided to programs that have worked abroad and have the potential to be adapted to work in the United States. Of particular interest are ideas that build healthy places, build social connection across the lifespan, get and keep children healthy, integrate health and social services, and increase the healthcare system’s focus on the root causes of poor health. Applicants may represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines, both within and outside the health sector. Proposals are encouraged from both U.S.-based applicants with ideas for adapting an overseas model and international applicants with ideas that could work in the United States. The application deadline is May 31, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Funding Opportunity Brochure and submit an online application.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®  
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®, an initiative of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and families across Texas. The initiative supports nonprofit organizations that address the following areas: nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. Grant applications of up to $250,000 are accepted. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Online applications may be submitted through this website beginning on March 1, 2016. Visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas website to learn more about the initiative and to download the Frequently Asked Questions.
Training Opportunities

On May 20-21 and September 16-17, USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) will host an Obstetrical Simulation Course.  The two-day course will incorporate didactic presentations and hands-on simulations that focus on developing an understanding of the high risk, low frequency obstetrical emergencies.  It encompasses team training using the TeamSTEPPS® model for shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, eclamptic seizure, magnesium toxicity and maternal code.  The course is designed for obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, OB-GYN residents, fellows and Obstetric nurses.  We also have twenty-five scholarships available for each program to Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Licenses Midwives who serve the rural populations in the Southeastern United States.  Do you know of anyone (or facility) in your work that may benefit from this kind of course?  I am looking to connect with individuals who work with or within our targeted population.  Please let me know when you have a moment. Download the program brochure. Additional information is available at the following website:  Please search by “OB/GYN” specialty for registration details for the May and Sept course. 

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

 Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your application? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

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We are happy to once again offer the benefits of the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢  Take advantage of this dynamic leadership education series, . Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar. To order please contact Linda.
Here’s how the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢ – Webinar Series works: 
  •  The content has been designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive behavioral change at every level.
  •  Each webinar includes a downloadable Learning Guide that features priority best practice tools, LEAN friendly SOP checklists, and critical implementation skills.
  •  As a value-added bonus, every hospital team will receive a complimentary one hour customized Coaching Call with authors Brian Lee, CSP.
  •  Participants who miss any of the scheduled webinar series, or wish to revisit or share the content with other employees, can access the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢  Library for three months following the final webinar.

Member to Member Business Partner 
NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program 
NCHN members interested in marketing products and/or services they have developed may apply for participation in the NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program (MMBPP). Participation is available to any dues paying NCHN member desiring to share their products or services with other NCHN members. Qualifications to participate in the MMBPP:
•    Must be a NCHN voting member in good standing
•    Must have products or services available from the network for NCHN
     members to evaluate and purchase
•    Application must be approved by NCHN Board of Directors 
To download the application please click 
apply here.
For questions please contact Rebecca  

National News and Other Information

FLINT, Mich. – On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the State of Michigan’s 1115 demonstration to extend Medicaid coverage and services to Flint residents impacted by the lead exposure. In recognition of the public health crisis in Flint, it is a top priority for the Administration and for the Department to ensure that all children and pregnant women exposed to lead in their water in Flint have access to the services they need.  Approximately 15,000 additional children and pregnant women will be eligible for Medicaid coverage and 30,000 current Medicaid beneficiaries in the area will be eligible for expanded services under this new waiver agreement.  Read the full announcement. here.

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